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Oct 09

Status Bullets - October 9, 2018

Posted on October 9, 2018 at 5:13 PM by Guy Bjerke

October 9, 2018 – Project Status Update
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Property Transfer

The City is working with the Navy and other local recipients to reach First Transfer of property over the next 12 months.  The Park District expects to receive about 2,300 of their 2,600 acres by the end of this year.  The Navy hopes to reach first transfer for the County and City – all 75 acres for the County and 1,200 acres of the City’s 2,300 acres – by the summer of 2019.

The City is preparing property lines and legal parcel descriptions for the entire Base and preparing a Transition Plan with all local recipients to ensure access, security and utility needs are coordinated during the transfer and development phases of the project.

The City is working with the Lennar/FivePoint team on the project’s financial model so that we can re-engage and complete our negotiations with the Navy regarding the payment terms for City’s Economic Development Conveyance parcels.

Finding of Suitability to Lease (FOSL)

The Navy is completing a Finding of Suitability to Lease or FOSL with the idea that after First Transfers are achieved in 2019 – negotiations regarding leasing the remainder of the Base to local recipients will take place.  Reaching agreement on lease terms would remove the Navy from the day-to-day management of the Base – but not impact their continued obligation to clean up contaminated parcels prior to transfer.

The Council will be holding a study session on Tuesday, October 30 to hear from the Navy and representatives from the regulatory agencies about the clean up on our Base, and how our clean up compares with the clean-up and concerns being raised at the Hunters’ Point project.

Disposition and Development Agreement

The Disposition and Development Agreement is tied to the accepted Term Sheet and the mitigations to be determined during discussions about the Specific Plan and Environmental Impact Report.  The DDA will be one of the documents the Council considers together with the SP and EIR at the end of 2019.  The DDA framework is being assembled by the City and Lennar/FivePoint teams – with negotiation sessions starting in early 2019.

The Lennar/FivePoint team has, so far, held three meetings with representatives of the Contra Costa Building and Construction Trades Council to negotiate issues associated with Project Labor Agreements.  Another meeting is expected in the next month.

The City and Lennar/FivePoint team has held several discussions with the Community Coalition for a Sustainable Concord this year to understand the additional issues the Coalition would like to see included in the DDA.

Specific Plan/CEQA Review

Based on Council direction on August 22, Lennar/FivePoint is now writing the Specific Plan.  The Community Advisory Committee is on hiatus until the draft public Specific Plan is ready for their review and consideration – now likely in spring 2019.  Staff will be bringing a resolution extending the terms of CAC members from December 2018 to December 2019 for your consideration at your meeting on November 13.

Council also asked staff to hold additional meetings for the North Concord neighborhoods.  A meeting was held last Thursday evening (October 4) for residents living within 500 feet of the North Concord BART Station or Coast Guard property.  A meeting for the larger neighborhood is planned for next Tuesday evening, October 16 at the senior center beginning at 6 p.m.

The CEQA or environmental review will be getting underway in November – with the publication of a Notice of Preparation and a public scoping session, likely, in December.  The draft public Environmental Impact Report will likely be ready for review and comment in the summer of 2019.

This means the draft Specific Plan and draft EIR are unlikely to enter into our formal consideration process before the fall of 2019 and will not reach the City Council until the end of 2019 or early 2020.

Therefore, the timeframes for work and public review of the Specific Plan and EIR are now longer than we imagined last May when the Council extended Lennar/FivePoints negotiating agreement to July 2019.  Staff will be bringing a second extension of the negotiating agreement to the Council for your consideration at your meeting on November 13.

Resource Permitting

The City’s efforts to secure site-wide resource permits – ie. Wetlands, endangered species protection, and creek restoration is on track with the goal of obtaining the necessary permits ahead of planned infrastructure work.

Campus District Visioning

Earlier this year the Council retained a planning consultant and formed a Blue Ribbon Committee to evaluate opportunities and options for the development of the Campus District.  The BRC held its first meeting in September and will meet on monthly basis through April 2019 to consider a series of topics that should result in a report establishing a community vision for the Campus District.

Tournament Sports Park Conceptual Planning

Staff has also begun the conceptual planning discussion for the Tournament Sports Park.  A request for proposals to assist with planning was issued last summer and staff will be bringing forward a recommended firm and contract to the Council for your consideration at your meeting on November 13.  The planning process itself will likely start in January and result in a report of recommendations for Council consideration in the April/May 2019 timeframe.

Horizontal Infrastructure – 2022/2023

The amount design work, coordination, and additional permitting may delay horizontal infrastructure work to 2022 or beyond.

Vertical Construction – Start 2023

The timing of vertical construction is largely dependent on successful infrastructure installation, but is not expected before 2023.

Jul 23

Reuse Project - Specific Plan Path Forward - July 16, 2018

Posted on July 23, 2018 at 11:23 AM by Guy Bjerke

Reuse Project – Specific Plan Path Forward

July 16, 2018

Community Input

Over the past 18 months the Local Reuse Authority (LRA) staff and Lennar/FivePoint team have collected community input and questions to be addressed in the Draft Specific Plan and environmental analysis.  The feedback was obtained from regular Community Advisory Committee (CAC) meetings; Planning Commission/City Council study sessions; community-wide workshops; neighborhood focused meetings; and numerous small group meetings with interested community stakeholders.

All of the input, so far, has helped shape and inform the Lennar/FivePoint team’s proposed land-use program for the Specific Plan – which is also designed to be consistent with the City’s project goals as expressed in the 2012 Adopted Area Plan, 2012 Council Resolution regarding Affordable Housing, and the 2016 Accepted Term Sheet for the negotiation of the Disposition and Development Agreement between the LRA and Lennar Concord, LLC.

On May 15, the CAC provided feedback on Lennar/FivePoint’s revised, proposed land-use program.  On June 6, the Planning Commission and City Council also provided feedback on the revised, proposed land-use program.  The Lennar/FivePoint team is currently preparing revisions and responses to those comments for City Council consideration and direction at a special study session set for August 22.

Drafting the Specific Plan and Preparing the EIR

Assuming direction to proceed from the City Council on August 22, the Lennar/FivePoint team will focus their efforts on the drafting of the Specific Plan and the LRA staff/consultants will begin the preparation of the technical studies, environmental analysis/Environmental Impact Report (EIR).  The writing of the Draft Specific Plan and the technical analyses, then preparation of the draft EIR is expected to take between 6 to 9 months.  Staff now expects a public Draft Specific Plan will be published in February 2019 and a public Draft EIR should be released in June 2019.

The regular monthly meetings of the CAC will be suspended during this drafting period, resuming in early 2019 for their review and consideration of the public Draft Specific Plan for recommendation to the Planning Commission.  The terms of CAC members will be extended by Council Resolution to accommodate the revised Specific Plan timeline.

Prior to initiating work on the EIR, the City will collect additional public input via the 30-day comment period associated with the publication of the Project Description and Notice of Preparation (NOP) of the EIR.  We expect the NOP to be released in the fall.  Comments collected during this NOP process, together with the comments and questions collected during our community input process, will be addressed in the Draft Specific Plan and environmental analysis.

Review of the Specific Plan and EIR

The CAC will resume monthly – and perhaps more frequent meetings – upon the release of the public Draft Specific Plan.  The CAC will review the public Draft Specific Plan, and the subsequent Draft EIR – with proposed mitigations to address impacts – once published.  After appropriate review, the CAC will be asked to make a recommendation to the Planning Commission and the Commission will then make a recommendation to the City Council.

During the Draft EIR public review period, the public will have an opportunity to comment on the environmental analysis. 

After the CAC has made their recommendation – both the Draft Specific Plan and Draft EIR will enter the City’s formal planning review process.  They will be the subject of formal public hearings – to be considered and recommended by the Planning Commission to the City Council for ultimate adoption and certification on a schedule that will be determined once both documents are publicly available.

After the Draft EIR comment period, the City will respond to the comments received and publish the Final EIR.  The target date for City Council consideration of the Specific Plan, Final EIR and the related Disposition and Development Agreement is fall of 2019.


Summary

  • The City Council will be asked to provide direction to Lennar/FivePoint and LRA staff to proceed with the drafting of the Specific Plan and environmental analysis at their special study session on August 22.


  • The community input and questions collected over the past 18 months will be addressed in the writing of the Draft Specific Plan, a process which is expected to take between 6 to 9 months. 


  • The CAC’s monthly meetings will be suspended during this drafting period. The Committee member’s terms will be extended by Council Resolution.


  • The CAC will resume their review, and additional community input will be considered, when the Draft Specific Plan document is published in February 2019 and the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is released in June 2019.


  • After the CAC has reviewed the Draft Specific Plan and Draft EIR they will be asked to make a recommendation that the documents enter the City’s formal planning review process.
Feb 27

Status Bullets - February 27, 2018

Posted on February 27, 2018 at 3:27 PM by Guy Bjerke

Local Reuse Authority (LRA) - Status Bullets - February 27, 2018
Property Transfer 

  • The LRA, Lennar and Navy are negotiating the business terms for the Economic Development Conveyance of the entire development footprint – approximately 2,300 acres.  The conveyance of the First Transfer Parcels (about 1,200 acres) to the LRA is targeted for spring 2019.  The first conveyance (about 2,400 acres) to the Park District is now targeted for the fall of 2018. 

Disposition & Development Agreement (DDA)

  • The LRA and Lennar Concord, LLC (managed by FivePoint) have agreed to negotiate the DDA and prepare the Specific Plan on parallel paths.  The DDA negotiations will be based on the Term Sheet accepted by the City Council in May 2016.  The negotiations are expected to be completed in coordination with the Specific Plan in the summer of 2019.

Specific Plan, Infrastructure Master Plan, Environmental Review

 ·         Lennar/FivePoint is preparing the Specific Plan.  The Specific Plan will address both Lennar’s 500 acre Phase One and establish zoning standards for the remainder of the entire development footprint.  Both the BART parking lot parcel (18 acres) and the Coast Guard Housing site (58 acres) are being planned as part of the Specific Plan.

 ·         The Infrastructure Master Plan will be a chapter of the Specific Plan and collaboratively written by Lennar with input from the LRA/City and all service providers.

 ·         The independent Environmental Review will be led by the LRA/City staff and consulting team.

The LRA created a 13 member Community Advisory Committee (CAC) for the Specific Plan process.  The CAC will provide both input into the Specific Plan as well as encouraging public engagement and participation in community meetings/discussions.  The CAC meets monthly at 6 pm on the 3rd Tuesday in the Council Chambers.

At their November 7, 2017 meeting the CAC designated Lennar’s proposed land use plan map and development program as the basis for all the studies needed to develop the Specific Plan document.  It is expected that the plan will evolve as the studies are done and more information is presented to the CAC and City Council.

The CAC will hold their next meeting on March 13th where they will discuss issues related to Parks, Recreation and Open Space, the proposed development on the North Concord BART parking lot, and Community Facilities.

Planning the Campus District and Tournament Sports Complex

Two important elements of the Community Reuse Project are land-uses designated for the attraction of an institution of higher learning to promote research and job creation within the Campus District; and the creation of a Tournament Sports Complex (TSC) to meet the demand for sports fields and venues.

Both efforts are seeking consulting help to assess community needs, define project goals, establish conceptual design parameters, and identify possible funding for the building, operation and maintenance of the envisioned facilities.  Assistant City Manager Kathleen Trepa is leading the Campus District effort.  Director of Parks and Recreation Steve Voorhies is leading the TSC effort.

  • The Request for Proposals to retain a consultant for the Campus District project will close April 6.  The Council ad hoc committee will interview finalists in April and make a recommendation to the City Council in May.
  • Retaining consultant support for the Tournament Sports Complex project will begin later this spring.

Upcoming Meetings**

March 13, 2018 – 6 p.m. – CAC Meeting on Parks, BART Development, and Community Facilities

April 2, 2018 – 6:30 p.m. – Joint City Council/Planning Commission/Design Review Board Study Session

April 17, 2018 – 6 p.m. – CAC Meeting on Environmental Permitting from State and Regional Agencies

May 15, 2018 – 6 p.m. – CAC Meeting on Community Facilities Financing Districts/Tools

**All meetings listed above will be held in the City Council Chambers, streamed live on the internet, and recorded for future viewing from the project’s website.

 

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